countermand

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌkaʊntərˈmɑːnd/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. ˌkaʊntɚˈmænd, ˈkaʊntɚˌmænd; n. ˈkaʊntɚˌmænd/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. koun′tər mand, -mänd, kountər mand′, -mänd′; n. kountər mand′, -mänd′)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•ter•mand /v. ˌkaʊntɚˈmænd, ˈkaʊntɚˌmænd; n. ˈkaʊntɚˌmænd/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to give a second command that cancels (a command already given):The general countermanded his first order to attack.

n. [countable]
  1. a command, order, etc., canceling one already given.
See -mand-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•ter•mand  (v. koun′tər mand, -mänd, kountər mand′, -mänd′;n. kountər mand′, -mänd′),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc.).
  2. to recall or stop by a contrary order.

n. 
  1. a command, order, etc., revoking a previous one.
coun′ter•manda•ble, adj. 
  • Latin mandāre; see mandate
  • Middle French contremander, equivalent. to contre- counter- + mander to command
  • Anglo-French countermander
  • late Middle English countermaunden 1375–1425
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rescind, abrogate, overrule, recall.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
countermand vb /ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd/(transitive)
  1. to revoke or cancel (a command, order, etc)
  2. to order (forces, etc) to return or retreat; recall
n /ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːnd/
  1. a command revoking another
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French contremander, from contre- counter- + mander to command, from Latin mandāre; see mandate
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